In May, the Democrats Abroad Philippines (DA-PH) organized the Covid Member Action Team in response to the concerns of tax paying and voting Americans living in the Philippines to obtain US-FDA Approved Covid19 vaccines. The team has initiated three key initiatives to that are deemed important to hopefully generate a positive response from the government:
- Partnered with other Philippine-based American organizations to amplify the collective concerns of US citizens living abroad to US decision-makers.
- Sent a letter of appeal to the US Embassy in Manila, as the first step to reach out to the representative of the U.S. government in the country.
- Conducted of a survey amongst DA-PH members to understand what they think and feel about Covid19 and the availability of the vaccine to them and their families.
The survey harvested a rich set of information, thanks to all those who participated. Please take a look at the results and if you have questions, please do not hesitate to send email to: [email protected]
The DA-PH Leadership Team wishes to thank Paul Risley, Harold Hibbert, and Jennifer Westfall of DA-Thailand for taking the lead in the advocacy to ensure that Americans leaving abroad will have equal opportunity to healthcare.
Call for Nominations:
Democrats Abroad Regional Vice Chair Asia Pacific
We are now accepting nominations for the bi-annual election of Regional Vice Chair (RVC) for the Asia Pacific (AP) region! This election will take place during the AP Regional Meeting on the 16th of May as part of the Democrats Abroad Global Meeting. One vote is allocated to each AP country committee and will be cast solely by country committee chairs and vice chairs. The chair and vice chair each carry ½ vote. If either is not present, the other will carry the full vote.
Democrats Abroad has three RVCs, one for each region, who:
- Are elected to a two year term that begins and ends with the regional election.
- Cannot serve more than two consecutive terms.
- Serve as one of 8 voting members of the International Executive Committee. Meetings are currently held weekly and typically last from two to three hours, but this is subject to change with the new leadership.
- Organize and lead monthly regional calls of about one to two hours to encourage, inform, and create a sense of community among regional country committees.
- Organize and lead a one to three day annual regional meeting to encourage, inform, and create a sense of community among regional country committees. When practical, these annual meetings are held as in-person events with remote participation available.
- Act as a liaison between the International Executive Committee and one or more of the Democrats Abroad committees, lending a hand to the committee chair and assuming chair responsibilities should that position not be filled.
- Assist in organizing and attend the annual Democrats Abroad Global Meeting, preferably in person when conditions allow. Note that travel costs are the responsibility of the RVC.
- Work with existing country committees to mediate and resolve issues within their committees including election issues, membership queries, etc.
- Track compliance status of country committees with Charter requirements and work with emerging and out-of-compliance countries to help bring them into compliance.
- Communicate International Executive Committee decisions, policies, and Democrats Abroad best practices to the country committee leaders.
- Bring regional issues to the International Executive Committee for discussion and resolution.
The eligibility requirements for AP RVC are as follows:
- Be a citizen of the United States.
- Be a member of Democrats Abroad residing within a country in the Asia Pacific region.
- Adhere to the principles of the Democratic Party of the United States.
- Due to the extenuating circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, residents of the AP region who are temporarily residing outside of their country of residence due to the pandemic may still run for AP RVC (example: resident of Singapore who is temporarily residing in France due to quarantines and travel restrictions). There must be an intent to return to the AP region following the lift of travel restrictions.
Self-nominations and nominations of others are both welcomed and encouraged! Please submit any nominations via the nomination form at this link no later than 23 March 11:59 PM EDT (UTC-4). Each nominee is required to accept their nomination no later than 31 March 11:59 PM EDT (UTC-4). Nominations from the floor of the election meeting will be accepted as well, and all official candidates will be given time to make a short speech.
A list of candidates will be released on 1 April following the nomination acceptance deadline.
Please direct any questions to [email protected].
On behalf of the 2021 AP Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC),
Anthony Nitz (Vietnam, Chair)
Christine Valverde (New Zealand)
Michael Ramos (Australia)
Phong Quan (Singapore)
We are proud to report that the US Embassy in Manila is conducting voter assistance events for the entire month of October starting October 14! The embassy will help you with the printing of FWAB ballots and the mailing of completed ballots back to the US. Registration is required, and the events are on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, you can check out this link.
Democrats Abroad Philippines
Sunday August 16 from 2:30-3:30 pm
Online via Zoom
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- Welcome and confirmation of a quorum
- Minutes from the Annual General Meeting on January 18, 2020 (link)
- Business arising
- Omar volunteered to reach out to Rappler for ad posting
- Bing volunteered to reach out to AmCham
- Jay volunteered to make an announcement during a Rotary meeting
- Portable Medicare – Omar and Jay - reach out Eric Lachica and Loida Lewis
- Jay volunteered to reach out to the embassy and request them to host an event to help raise awareness about the upcoming election
- Lisa volunteered to ask the US Embassy about help needed by Americans detained in the Bicutan Immigration Detention Facility
- Lisa to follow up with Jay if he is interested to organize a Quezon City ward.
- Send a cleaned up version of the by-laws to Democrats Abroad International and post on DAPh website.
- Highlights of the past seven months
- 2nd Progressive Drinking event held February 18th
- Global Presidential Primary
- Database cleanup
- Calling campaign
- Asia Pacific virtual pub quiz
- Mailing voting materials through the embassy
- Zoom Drop-In Sundays
- Facebook paid ads and boosts ($300 grant)
- Thanks to Nancy for posting daily on our Facebook page and tweeting!
- Thanks to Brian for doing the following singlehandedly – we need more people!
- Database updates
- Website posts
- Emails to members
- Membership Management Committee – any updates?
- Get Out the Vote
- Urge all US citizens you know to register ASAP (training video is available here)
- Join calling campaign for swing states
- Sign up as a Voting Champion here
- Sign up at www.FilAms4Biden.com
- Volunteer for Zoom Drop-In Sundays
- Reach out to groups/organizations you know, join FB groups and share info
- Donate $20.20 and get a chance to win prizes here
- Donate to support phonebanking here (choose phonebanking under purpose, it closes August 20)
- Volunteer to create a DAPH Instagram account and post updates
- Volunteer to contact DAPH members who vote in swing states that require registration forms to be mailed
- August 22 – Screening of Capturing the Flag movie (trailer available here) Saturday from 9 to 10:45 am (have to RSVP, donations optional and appreciated, details to follow)
- August 28 – Reading of Dr. King’s “I have a dream” speech – Friday (57th anniversary)
- September 19 – Ballot release day
- September 22 – Ballot return day (recommended)
- October 1 – If you haven’t received your ballot, submit a write in ballot (FWAB) (ballots mailed after this date may not reach your election official in time)
- Other business
- Date of next meeting
Sign up as a Voting Champion at https://sites.google.com/view/voting-champion-toolkit/start-here - it just takes a few minutes and is an excellent way to encourage your friends, family and other contacts to register and vote. There are around 350,000 to 400,000 US citizens living in the Philippines. If each one of us reaches out to three contacts, and they reach out to three contacts, we can reach them all in 11 to 12 iterations.
The Philippine Post Office is currently not sending mail to the US. If your state requires you to send your Federal Post Card Application (used to register to vote and request your absentee ballot), you may send it to the US Embassy. Insure that it is in a postage paid envelope (available here) addressed to your local election official. You will need to put the postage paid envelope in another enveloped addressed to:
American Citizen Services Unit (Consular)
ATTN: Voter Information U.S. Embassy Manila
1201 Roxas Boulevard
Ermita, Manila, Philippines 1000
You may also drop it off at either of these locations:
U.S. Embassy in Manila
1201 Roxas Boulevard, Ermita, Manila
8:00 am - 3:30 pm, Monday - Friday, except holidays
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Veterans Affairs Regional Manila Office
1501 Roxas Boulevard, Pasay, Manila
7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday - Friday, except holidays
It may take 4-6 weeks for mail to reach the US. Therefore, send in your registration form as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact DA Philippines Chair Lisa Pagkalinawan at [email protected] or 0917-892-2989.